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August 31, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
You can now precisely mark your calendars, Hobbit fans. Peter Jackson's final film in the trilogy will be released July 18, 2014, with the title “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Initially, the director had planned two movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's popular masterpiece, but this summer he decided there was enough material for a third movie. The first film in the trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” opens this year on Dec. 14.  The second installment will be called “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and will be released a year later, on Dec. 13, 2013.   Shot in 3-D, at 48 frames-per-second, the trilogy of films will be released in High Frame Rate (HFR)
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April 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The third and final movie in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy has an action-oriented new title. The film will henceforth be known as "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," Jackson announced on his Facebook page Thursday. The movie was previously subtitled "There and Back Again," a name carried over from when Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel "The Hobbit" was intended to span two films rather than three. "'There and Back Again' felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling," Jackson wrote on Facebook . "But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced.'" VIDEO: Ian McKellan quotes Tolkien Jackson had been mulling a name change and approached Warner Bros.
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December 17, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
By one standard, the $84.8 million in receipts over the weekend for Peter Jackson's first crack at "The Hobbit"  was a success. The 3-D film about Bilbo Baggins' unexpected journey was, as box-office pundits reminded us, the biggest-ever opening for a December release. And the film's "A" CinemaScore suggested the fans got what they came for. But there was also plenty lacking. Pre-release estimates had the New Line/Warner Bros/MGM movie (budgeted at a whopping $250 million)
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April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Peter Jackson, the director of the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film series, has lent his personal Gulfstream jet to the team searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Radio New Zealand reported. Australian authorities said Monday that a civilian jet was providing “communications relay” to 10 military planes involved in the search but did not identify it further. Radio New Zealand said Tuesday it received a tip that the civilian aircraft belonged to the director and New Zealand native, and confirmed with his representatives that the G650 aircraft was indeed his. Gulfstream describes the 650 as an “ultra-high-speed, ultra-long-range business jet” that can carry eight passengers and a crew of four on nonstop flights of 7,000 nautical miles.
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December 12, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
THERE'S a moment about 45 minutes into Peter Jackson's "King Kong," as the "motion-picture ship" the Venture approaches the fog-shrouded shores of Skull Island, when Jimmy (Jamie Bell), the youngest member of the crew, looks up from his copy of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" with a troubled look and says, "It's not an adventure story, is it, Mr. Hayes?" To which the grave first-mate Hayes (Evan Parke) replies categorically, "No, Jimmy, it's not."
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November 23, 2003 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
When director Peter Jackson was a boy, the neighbors enjoyed the Super8 films he shot in his backyard. Now, with the rest of the world watching his movies, the backyard is bigger and surrounded by taller fences. Each Sunday, tourist buses trundle through this tiny coastal suburb of the country's capital, Wellington, the passengers eager for the slightest sign of their hero.
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July 14, 1996 | Erin Kennedy, Erin Kennedy covers entertainment for the Dominion, based in Wellington
When Universal's "The Frighteners" arrives in theaters Friday, studio executives will be paying close attention to see just how much high-tech frightening can be achieved on a mere $38 million. The R-rated black comedy-thriller, starring Michael J. Fox as "psychic investigator" Frank Bannister, was made here by Kiwi director Peter Jackson, who co-wrote the movie with Fran Walsh, his partner on and off the job.
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September 22, 2007 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Peter Jackson has scored a legal victory in his battle with New Line Cinema over the accounting of "The Lord of the Rings," with a federal magistrate hitting the studio with $125,000 in sanctions for failing to produce potential evidence. Jackson is suing New Line, contending that he had not received a fair and proper accounting of the first "Lord of the Rings" film's income, including DVD sales and foreign receipts.
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September 3, 2004 | From Times wire services
Peter Jackson first tried to remake the film "King Kong" at age 13 -- using a cardboard model of the Empire State Building, a bedsheet painted with a New York backdrop and his Super 8 film camera. How times have changed. New Zealand's Jackson, now 40 and with three Oscars for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, said the star-studded, multimillion-dollar remake will have some major changes from the 1933 original.
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December 12, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
From an artistic point of view, star Mary Pickford famously said, "It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talking instead of the other way around. " Likewise, it would have been better all around if Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films had not come before his new, three-part version of "The Hobbit. " It's not just that the 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien novel, which he began as a simple bedtime story for his children, was written first and covers events that precede the considerably more complex "Rings" story.
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March 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Andy Serkis, the actor who breathed life into the computer-generated characters of Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," will make his directorial debut with a live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book" for Warner Bros., according to the Hollywood Reporter. It is unclear if Serkis will star in the film, THR reports . Though he is best known as an actor, Serkis does have directing chops too: He served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson's two "Hobbit" movies, including the elaborate and widely praised barrel chase scene in "The Desolation of Smaug.
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January 9, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
In a move to expand beyond 3-D cinema, Beverly Hills-based RealD Inc. is touting a new technology that it says will sharply improve the image quality on movies, whether they are shown in theaters or in the home. The technology, called RealD TrueImage, eliminates blemishes and artifacts (often called noise) when film and TV images are processed, creating a sharper and more detailed picture that is closer to what the filmmaker intended. The proprietary process already has the backing of one notable director, Peter Jackson, who used it for the recent release, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," both in 2-D and 3-D formats.
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December 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
To no one's surprise, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" laid waste to the competition at the box office on Friday, earning an estimated $31 million. Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, the 3-D "Hobbit" sequel is expected to take in around $80 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday according to pre-release audience surveys. The second of a three-part prequel to Jackson's wildly successful "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the film has earned some positive notice from critics with a 74% score on the film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
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December 13, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Last year, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had film critics wagging their fingers over Peter Jackson and company's decision to stretch J.R.R. Tolkien's slim children's novel "The Hobbit" into a movie trilogy, one that got off to a plodding start. But for many critics, the second installment, "The Desolation of Smaug," has put the series back on course. The Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "In the wake of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' last year's dreary, dense, disappointing slough through Middle-earth, 'The Desolation of Smaug' comes as a relief.
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November 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
With Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers. But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and colorful life. Now a new Hollywood biopic looks to tell his story. “Tolkien,” as the project is tentatively called, will examine the author's life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how it influenced him and his work, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly.
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June 12, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Tuesday afternoon, offering the first look at the second installment of Peter Jackson's massive adaptation of Tolkein's novel. Judging by the two-minute teaser, there will be plenty of high-def, special effects-enhanced action, full of elves, dwarves, wizards and goblins. Perhaps more to the point, there will be a dragon: specifically the fire-breather Smaug, voiced by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch who, before taking on the part of the great worm, was previously seen inhabiting the roles of Sherlock Holmes, Christopher Tiejens of "Parade's End," and the villain Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness.
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January 16, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Compared with his work as an Oscar-winning director and the filmmaker behind the most popular trilogy in movie history, Peter Jackson's first attempt to remake "King Kong" was by any measure pretty amateurish. Jackson painted the Manhattan skyline on an old bedsheet, constructed the Empire State Building out of cardboard and pinched his mother's shawl to craft the giant gorilla's fur. It didn't look like much, Jackson admits, but then again he was 13 years old.
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December 23, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
One might assume that a story already covered by a trilogy of documentaries, numerous books, countless articles and with a trail of celebrity supporters including Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines had already earned enough attention. The young men known as the West Memphis Three - Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley - became modern-day folk heroes as the story of their imprisonment over the graphic, sensational 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark., spread during their nearly two decades in jail.
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April 26, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
Back in 2012, before director Peter Jackson's “Hobbit” made its widely panned 48-frame-per-second debut, arguably the most talked-about gadget at that year's National Assn. of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas was the prototype for RED's laser cinema projector. Capable of displaying 4K resolution - the virtual equivalent of film - up to 120 frames per second in both 2-D and 3-D capabilities with a price point under $10,000, the prototype appeared to signal the company's first foray into the home consumer market - another sign of its impending technological dominance.
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January 3, 2013
Mike Hopkins, 53, an Academy Award-winning sound editor who worked on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, died Sunday in a rafting accident in New Zealand. Hopkins drowned when his inflatable raft capsized during a flash flood in a river on New Zealand's North Island, police Senior Sgt. Carolyn Watson said. His wife, Nicci, survived. The New Zealand Herald newspaper quoted "Rings" director Peter Jackson as saying many actors, directors and film crew members who were lucky enough to work with Hopkins would miss him deeply.
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